Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/08/15
The streams are all in very good shape in all respects and the weather continues to
be good. There is some chance of rain every day from today through Saturday but
for now, they expect it to be light to moderate rain.
Our Perfect Fly company is the only fly company in the World with specific imitations
of all the major and important aquatic insects in all stages of life applicable to fly
fishing for trout. Although they are not realistic, you could say they are simi-realistic
and they all look similar to the real insects. We sell a lot of fly selections for various
areas and sections of the nation. The trout fly selections range from about 60 flies in
a set to as many as 120, depending on the price and the section of country.
Recently, I had a guy purchase a set for a certain area of the country that
complained he didn't catch any trout. It was the very first and only complaint we have
received on a fly selection.. I asked where he was fishing and he told me. I asked
which flies he used and he said, "let me look". "I can tell you because I removed them
from the sheet of paper where they were labeled". He was gone a couple of minutes
and came back to the phone and said, "I fished the Hendricksons, Quill Gordons,
Little Black caddis and the Brown stonefly, mis-pronouncing most of them. I asked
which one in each case, meaning nymph, dun, spinner, emerger, etc. He didn't know
the answer. I asked him how long he fished and he replied about two hours.
Of course, none of the flies he used, whichever stage of life it imitated, is plentiful
and available to the trout at this time of the year. That was yesterday, on a Virginia
trout stream the past weekend. I am pointing this out to make this statement. The
gentleman doesn't have a clue as to what he is doing. He thought any and all of the
flies in the selection would work at any time he fished. He didn't know a nymph from a
dun. He just purchased a selection and expected to catch some trout by tying
anything we sent him on and fishing it. Of course, I have always known, education is
the key to our success regarding our flies, meaning we are certainly aware they need
to be fished at the right time and place, but this is about the worst case I have run
into where a guy thought there is nothing to fly fishing for trout beyond just buying
the right fly set. Personally, I'm glad there is a lot more to it than that. If it was
that simple and easy to catch them, I would never make another cast. By the
way, he didn't want a refund. He wanted to know if the selection he bought was the
right one for the stream he was fishing. He said he was thinking about going again
next Spring. I wanted to tell him to let me refund his money and that he should take
up shuffle board or horse shoes, but I was nice, for a change.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is 20 percent chance of showers after noon. The high will be near 79.
Friday, there is a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. It
will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming
west in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 50%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
the links to see updates:
Little River: Rate: 124 cfs at 1.54 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rat 282 cfs at 1.48 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 81 cfs at 2.48 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It was a little below normal yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
My guess is they are about normal levels or slightly below.
Current Recommended Streams:
I think you could fish anywhere in the park today.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Blue-winged olives: 20 and 14
(Little BWOs, Acentrella, Diphetor 20s and Eastern BWOs, Drunella 14s
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
Mahogany Duns: 18
Great Autumn Brown Sedges: 10
Green/Tan/Orange Hoppers: 10/12
Black Carpenter Ants: 16/18
Japanese Beetles: 16/14
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds
of catching numbers of fish. Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds of success. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as
many as if you fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good
techniques and the right flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.
If you fished the day or two before and know where something is hatching, fish the
nymph or larva stage of it. If you haven't fished the day or two before, until I spotted
something hatching, I would fish the Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming
nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are still hatching. If you spot
something else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be a Little Yellow
Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.
When the Slate Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and BWOs are hatching, there will be a
spinner fall late in the day. Often, you can catch more trout fishing the spinner fall
quicker than you can during the hatch. Change to the spinner imitation of the mayfly.
Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these hatches take place during
the evenings. All stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. Fishing a Little Yellow
Stonefly nymph, very late in the afternoon near sunset should produce. If you see
the stoneflies depositing their eggs on the surface of the water, switch to the adult
imitation of the stonefly.
The big fall caddis, Great Autumn Brown sedges, hatch very late in the afternoon
and mostly early evenings. The egg laying occurs anywhere from mid afternoon until
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